Southern Trinity residents turned out in force last Friday night to celebrate the 2019 graduating class of four seniors from Southern Trinity High School. All the well-wishers nearly filled the school gymnasium in Mad River for a traditional send-off filled with loving memories, good humor and best wishes for bright futures.

Ending with the final toss of four caps in the air, the graduation ceremony capped an evening that included earlier commencement exercises for the eighth graders entering high school in the fall as well as two graduates from the Southern Trinity Joint Unified School District’s Mt. Lassic Continuation High School.

All girls, the four Southern Trinity High School graduates had a role in the proceedings starting with Samantha Berry leading the Pledge of Allegiance followed by words of welcome from Daysha Jones. Class Salutatorian Mia Collins thanked family members for raising her; school faculty members for teaching her and her classmates for standing by her, congratulating them all with a happy “We did it!”

Class Valedictorian Daisy Kay marked the graduation as “a turning point” to both appreciate the past and engage with the future “as we begin our independent lives.” Three will attend colleges in the fall: Humboldt State University, College of the Redwoods and Sacramento State University. One plans to stay in the Southern Trinity community.

“There are only a few of us, but I see a bright future for us all,” Kay said.

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